Ch 5: MTEL English: Modernism in American Literature

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MTEL English: Modernism in American Literature - Chapter Summary

Quickly review elements of modernism in American literature by using these video lessons designed to help you prepare for the MTEL English teacher certification exam. They are interactive and help you effectively study:

  • Characteristics of modernism in American literature
  • The lost generation of writers
  • Ernest Hemingway's works and life
  • Writing style of William Faulkner
  • John Steinbeck famous works, including the characters and themes in Of Mice and Men
  • T.S. Elliot's background and writing style
  • Major plays by Eugene O'Neill
  • Poems by Gertrude Stein
  • Additional works by Pound, Stein and Mansfield

If needed, you can go through each video lesson multiple times to help you you effectively review details about modernism in American literature. You can also complete the lesson quizzes, which are designed to help you quickly assess your knowledge before the test. Lesson transcripts are also available, which highlight important details about modernist authors.

10 Lessons in Chapter 5: MTEL English: Modernism in American Literature
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Modernism in American Literature

1. Modernism in American Literature

Modernism was an artistic movement that impacted American literature. Explore the emergence of modernism in literature, the characteristics of modernist writing, and identify authors from the modernism period.

The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century

2. The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century

The Lost Generation refers to a group of young American writers who were disillusioned by World War I and a rapidly changing society in the United States, prompting many to move abroad. Explore the common themes and characteristics of these expatriate writers of the early 20th century.

Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

3. Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

Ernest Hemingway's personal experiences deeply resonated in most of his works and had effects on his writing style. Learn about Hemingway's biography, including his early life, life abroad, and the short stories he wrote in his later years.

William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style

4. William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style

William Faulkner is one of the most celebrated southern novelists and Modernist writers of the 20th century. Explore a biography of Faulkner's life and discover his literary style in some of his most famous books, including The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying.

John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

5. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

Born in Salinas, California in 1902, novelist John Steinbeck is one of the most widely-read American writers. Discover the plot, themes and characters in his best-known novel, 'The Grapes of Wrath,' as well as Steinbeck's other key works.

Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style

6. Introduction to T.S. Eliot: Author Background, Works, and Style

The poet T.S. Eliot was most active during the Modernist period and contributed significant pieces to its literature. Discover more about the author's life, background, works, and styles surrounding his legacy.

Gertrude Stein: Poems & Explanation

7. Gertrude Stein: Poems & Explanation

Gertrude Stein was a famous American poet who was influential in the modernist literary movement. Explore the life of Gertrude Stein, the historical context of her work, and some of her more influential poems with an explanation of 'Susie Asado.'

Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

8. Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

The most famous poet from the Harlem Renaissance was Langston Hughes, who wrote during the 1920s and '30s. Analyze two of his poems, 'Harlem' and 'I, Too, Sing America,' and discover their significance to the historical period in which they were written.

Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays

9. Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays

Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953) was an American playwright who left an unforgettable mark on early 20th century theater. Discover more about his life and major plays including The Emperor Jones, Anna Christie, The Iceman Cometh and Long Day's Journey into Night.

Lillian Hellman: Biography, Plays & Books

10. Lillian Hellman: Biography, Plays & Books

Lillian Hellman was one of the most prominent female playwrights of the mid-twentieth century, known for her social realist dramas, but her involvement in sometimes-unpopular politics has overshadowed her reputation.

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